Wild Hips, Gypsy Heart: Belly Dance as Self-Empowerment
Melina of Daughters of Rhea (Melinda Pavlata), PhD, is a second-generation belly-dance artist, circus performer, choreographer, and writer. She cofounded the Daughters of Rhea Belly Dance Company, Cirque Passion European Family Circus, and the ALS…
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For women; beginners are welcome.
Unleash your primal energies and learn to move your hips in a million ways as Melina shares her family’s ancient belly-dance secrets. Using poetic yet precise instruction, somatic storytelling, chakra imagery, rhythm response, and principles of ancient Greek dance, Melina teaches beautiful and empowering belly-dance movements. You learn strong and graceful meditative poses; wild, sublime shimmies; snake-like undulations; graceful hands and arms; traveling steps; and body isolations galore.
Each day, Melina introduces fun, easy-to-follow belly-dance combinations in her signature Greco-Turkish style. This workshop includes
- The basics of belly dance with an emphasis on energizing breath
- Proper posture and body alignment
- How to divinely present and balance a prop on your head
- Artful whirling with veils
- How to play finger cymbals and tambourines while dancing.
No previous dance experience is required, only bare feet, an open heart, and the readiness to celebrate life, creativity, community, and your vibrant self.
Note Eat lightly before opening night.
- room & meals pricing
9:00 am–5:00 pm, Monday–Friday
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Choice of Accommodations
Rates below reflect total housing costs for all program nights.
The dorms allow for 5–22 people per room, and offer simple bunk beds and nearby hall bathrooms.
- Standard Rooms
- $565 and up
These spare and peaceful rooms measure 8' x 12' and include a double or queen-size bed or platform twin beds.
- Standard Plus Rooms
- $860 and up
These quiet rooms are perfect for those who want a real retreat, and include simple décor, a double or queen-size bed, or twin beds.Learn More